Conference Partners and Supporters

The 2014 Cities of Migration Conference, Berlin, June 4 – 6, is presented by the Maytree Foundation, with the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Embassy of Canada to Germany, with Barrow Cadbury Trust, Open Society Foundations, Tindall Foundation, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stiftung Mercator, World Bank and others.


Maytree is a private Canadian charitable foundation established in 1982, committed to reducing poverty and inequality in Canada and to building strong civic communities. Maytree seeks to accomplish its objectives by identifying, supporting and funding ideas, leaders and leading organizations that have the capacity to make change and advance the common good.

The Barrow Cadbury Trust is an independent, charitable foundation committed to funding and encouraging the promotion of social justice. The Barrow Cadbury Trust aims to close the gaps in current policy and practice by supporting work in local communities and acting as a bridge to national and international policymakers. The Barrow Cadbury Trust is a founding partner of the Cities of Migration initiative.

The Bertelsmann Stiftung is a private operating foundation dedicated to serving the common good. Its work is based on the conviction that competition and civic engagement are fundamental for ensuring social change. The Bertelsmann Stiftung is a founding partner of the Cities of Migration initiative.

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is a catalyst for green visions and projects, a think tank for policy reform, and an international network is closely affiliated to the German Green Party. The Foundation promotes the development of democratic civil society at home and abroad defends equal rights and equal opportunities regardless of gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or nationality. It supports cultural projects as part of our civic education programmes; assists gifted, socially and politically active students and graduates in Germany and abroad; co-operates with state foundations in all of the 16 German states; and is mostly financed through public funds.

Established in 1964, the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH is one of the major Germanfoundations associated with a private company. It represents the philanthropic and social endeavors of Robert Bosch (1861-1942) and fulfills his legacy in a contemporary manner. The Robert Bosch Stiftung works predominantly in the fields of international relations, health and education.”

Stiftung Mercator is one of Germany’s largest foundations. It initiates and funds projects that promote better educational opportunities in schools and universities. In the spirit of Gerhard Mercator, it supports initiatives that embody the idea of open-mindedness and tolerance through intercultural encounters, encouraging the sharing of knowledge and culture. The foundation provides a platform for new ideas to enable people – regardless of their national, cultural or social background – to develop their personality, become involved in society and make the most of the opportunities available to them. In this way it wants to let ideas take flight. Stiftung Mercator takes an entrepreneurial, international and professional approach to its work. It has a particular affinity with the Ruhr area, the home of its founding family.

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media and build alliances across borders and continents. Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

The Open Society Initiative for Europe seeks to ensure that Europe’s common integration project, embodied by the European Union, contributes to the vitality and quality of European democracies based on the values of open society. We contribute to building more vibrant and legitimate democracies in the European Union by working with a wide range of civil society organizations, rather than only at the elite level where the European debate is now overwhelmingly conducted. The Initiative places particular emphasis on strengthening less central voices, such as those in Europe’s geographic periphery, women and young people, proponents of non-mainstream ideologies or the social groups that are excluded from, or underrepresented in, the political process, such as migrants or refugees, stateless citizens or minorities of all kinds.

At Home in Europe conducts action oriented research, advocacy and grant-making intended to advance the social inclusion of vulnerable communities in a changing Europe. The project highlights the lived, daily experiences of people and explores what kind of challenges are faced by officals, communities and civil society organisations when improving participation and engagement with their city, local govenment and wider society. At Home in Europe currently operates in over 20 cities in Western and Northern Europe.

The Tindall Foundation is a private family foundation established in 1995 to support capacity building at the community level. The foundation collaborates with other organisations working in the field, as well as drawing on the embedded knowledge, professionalism and expertise of the not-for-profit sector. The Tindall Foundation is currently the largest independent private foundation in Australasia.

The World Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: end extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.25 a day to no more than 3%; promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country. The World Bank is not a bank in the ordinary sense, but a unique partnership established in 1944 to reduce poverty and support development through financial and technical assistance to countries around the world.

Created in 2009, two years ahead of the Arab Spring, with the idea of stimulating knowledge-driven development processes throughout the Mediterranean region, the Center for Mediterranean Integration promotes national economic, social, and environmental transformation within the context of regional integration. As a collaborative platform for sharing knowledge, the CMI promotes regional convergence and consensus on reform in a context of partnership.

The Embassy of Canada to Germany represents Canadian interests in Germany from its location in Berlin and through two consulates and an Honorary Consul. Relations between Canada and Germany are excellent and diverse, whether it be in active cooperation within the G-8 and G-20, stable trade and investment relations, common perspectives on major global issues or exchanges in research, education and culture. In April 2005, then Governor General Adrienne Clarkson inaugurated Canada’s new embassy in Berlin, in the heart of the historical junction between former East and West Berlin. In addition, Canada has consulates in Munich and Düsseldorf and a Honorary Consul in Stuttgart. The provinces of Ontario and Alberta have representatives in Germany, co-located in the Canadian Consulate in Munich, and the province of Quebec has offices in Munich and Berlin.


Citizens For Europe (CFE), a Berlin based non-profit NGO, promots the development of a participatory and inclusive European Union. CFE focuses on issues of citizenship, migration and political participation in the EU. Its projects include online voting platforms, local street campaigns, international conferences, academic research and publications as well as interactive workshops. CFE highly applies participatory approaches, non-formal education techniques and brings together a broad variety of private and public actors to develop creative and innovative solutions exploiting collective intelligence.

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